The next incarnation of Doctor Who has been cast – and it’s actress Jodie Whittaker!
Peter Capaldi’s successor as the Doctor has been named. Watch the big reveal in the awesome promo video below:
Yes, for the first time, the Doctor is a woman. Jodie Whittaker, to be precise. The 35-year-old actress is most known for her role as Beth Latimer in hit crime drama Broadchurch. Funnily enough, Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is also taking over with showrunner next season.
Whittaker had this to say to Radio Times:
“I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”
On if she needed any persuading to accept the role:
“There was no persuasion needed. If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you’re not right for this part, and the part isn’t right for you. I also think, for anyone taking this on, you have to want to fight for it, which I certainly had to do. I know there will have been some phenomenal actors who threw their hats in the ring.”
On how much it means to be the first female Doctor:
“It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible.”
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